The art of James Gleeson, 1915–2008


Funeral Procession in a Wounded Landscape (1945).

James Gleeson was an Australian Surrealist painter whose work I don’t think I’d seen before. The early pictures tend towards the post-Dalí school that crowds the second and third generation of Surrealist painting. More interesting for me are the later landscapes (if they can be labelled such) produced by a combination of collage and painting techniques. Some of HR Giger’s work in the 1970s explored similar organic terrain but this period didn’t last very long before he was into his biomechanical territory.


Locus Ganesa (1985).


Sky Techtonics (2002).

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